13 Famous People Who’ve Cheated On Their Partners And Then Straight-Up Admitted It

1. Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez and ex-wife Ali Landry

Mario Lopez admitted that he cheated on his ex-wife, Ali Landry, at his bachelor party just days before they got married, “I figured at that point, it was easier to ask for forgiveness. It’s my bachelor party, we were going to have a good time… I was wrong for obviously lying, and I shouldn’t have been in that position,” he told Howard Stern in 2011.

2. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lacheyi

Jessica Simpson revealed that she had an “emotional affair” with Johnny Knoxville while married to Nick Lachey. “To me, an emotional affair was worse than a physical one. It’s funny, I know because I had placed such an emphasis on sex by not having it before marriage. After I actually had sex, I understood that the emotional part was what mattered. And Johnny and I had that, which seemed far more of a betrayal to my marriage than sex,” she wrote in her memoir, Open Book.

3. JAY-Z

Jay-Z and Beyonce

“The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself,” JAY-Z opened up to T, offering a rare look inside his private world with his wife Beyoncé. “You shut down all emotions [when you’re in pain]. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect.”


Jenner confessed to cheating on her late husband Robert Kardashian. “When you’re very young you do a lot of stupid things. It’s probably the biggest regret of my life that I ended up having an affair,” she said on The Tonight Show in 2011. “[I was] probably just really naive and stupid and restless and didn’t realize that marriage has its ups and downs.”

5. Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee was photographed kissing her married Smash director, Michael Morris, while she was still married to Nick Cokas. “I got married really young and then divorced, and in the last couple of years, I felt like, ‘Wow, this is what I should have been doing when I was 20 instead of planning a wedding.’ But I don’t have any regrets. All of the choices I made, I learned from in a really deep way. I have always been fortunate to have strong influences in my life who have forced me to look at my own choices and my own failures,” she told Ocean Drive magazine.


Kristen Stewart issued a public apology to her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson in 2012 after she was photographed kissing director Rupert Sanders. “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry,” she wrote in a statement. (Years later, Kristen would open up about the experience again, calling out the “slut-shaming” she faced afterward. And indeed, she faced a much harsher backlash than Rupert, who was married with two kids when he and Kristen kissed.


In 2013, Hart talked about being unfaithful to his first wife, and this year, a video of him cheating on his second wife was allegedly used for blackmail. “I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment,” he said in an emotional video. “And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids.”

8. Usher

Usher says he was “not faithful all the way” to his ex-wife, Tameka Foster. “Towards the end of our marriage, I found myself lost, and I just wanted out…no. I was faithful at heart, but not faithful all the way. Even having a conversation with another woman, period, about matters of your relationship or emotions is, in my opinion, not being faithful,” told Oprah.

9. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom says his “one … regret” is cheating on Khloé Kardashian with multiple women. “If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women. That wasn’t the stand-up thing to do. I wish I could have kept my dick in my pants,” he told Us Weekly.

10. Jesse James

Jesse James and Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock divorced Jesse James after he cheated on her with multiple women. “Yeah, I did cheat on my wife; yeah, I stood up and took accountability for it and apologized. And that’s end of story. … The easy [put-down] is like, ‘Oh, well, you cheated on Sandra Bullock.’ That’s the world’s easiest comeback. In general, both women and men cheat. It’s part of life,” he told the Daily Mail.

11. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up about fathering a child with his housekeeper, behind his then-wife Maria Shriver’s back. “You do think about it every so often. And I can beat myself up as much as I want — it’s not gonna change the situation. … You can’t go back. If I could, in reality, be Terminator, of course I would go back in time and would say, ‘Arnold…no.’ You know, it’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. That’s not the way it works,” he told Men’s Journal.


The actor confirmed reports that he had an affair with his children’s nanny while engaged to Sienna Miller. “I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I’ve hurt Sienna and the people most close to us,” he said in a 2005 statement. “I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused.”


Hugh Grant was arrested after being caught in a car with a sex worker in 1995 and wrote a public apology to his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, the next morning. “People have given me tons of ideas [for excuses] on this one … ‘I was under a pressure, I was overtired or I was lonely …’ But I think it would just be bollocks to hide anything like that,” he said of his behavior on The Tonight Show in 1995. “I did a bad thing.”

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